Lauren's Virtual World

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

I Don't Have A Bra For That!

Yes You Do!

I have a retail background and one of the things that aggravated me were woman who didn’t buy something due to an undergarment issue. Has that ever been you? Now if that wasn’t the real reason- you don’t have to lie. If it was the truth, then this entry is dedicated to you. There are undergarments for any and every type of garment. I’ve worked in an intimate apparel department at a department store before and I’ve seen it. If I like something, whether it plunged, was sheer, or backless, or what-not- I never let that stop me from buying it. And I’m a 34/36D so I need support.

Now, I’m not rich so I tried to keep budget in mind. The ones I feature are affordable, but there are luxury versions of each style- for those who got it like that.

Plunging-
Ok, these garments are not for the faint of heart, but if you’ve got the confidence- rock it. Please appropriate occasions only though. It might be too much at the grocery store or the mall. If you have a super low neckline, here is your solution. The one I have featured is from Fredricks of Hollywood and it's only $30. I actually own this and it’s awesome. Not only does it plunge really deep, but the back is really low. I also wear this for my tops that cut really deep in the back. The straps also come off so you can do racerback or clear straps.


Barest of Them All
This is for the most daring. I have yet to try this, but it's backless and strapless. This is also from Fredricks of Hollywood and only costs $20.


And we can't forget the stickies. Some people have told me they don’t work, but I promise they do if applied properly. When I first used them, I wasted a few trying to get it to work. But after I learned how to do it, they worked great. It’s not full coverage but it gives that extra lift and shaping. The ones I use are from Victorias Secret and they cost $18.


Sheer:
I fell in love with sweaterdresses last fall. The problem is they can be very sheer.
The solution- a seamless, tunic cami. I can’t find any images of what I have (and I’m am not about to model it) but it looks just like the shapewear piece below, except it’s not shapewear. It's even strapless which I like as well. I found mine at Dillards in the Intimate Apparel Dept for just $28.


Body Flaws and Lumps:

Nobody is perfect. Don’t let imperfections stop you from wearing that dress. That’s why God invented shapewear. It’s not even about making you look skinny, it can also be used to smoothing the lumps out. Creating a sleek, smooth, firm silhouette. These are perfect for clingy or jersey dresses. There are all types of cuts for whatever clingy, sexy thing you are trying to wear. Spanx is suppose to be really good, but you can actually find them anywhere in Lingerie Departments in a variety of brands and all price ranges.


My All Time Favorite:



This title goes to the Victoria Secret Very Sexy Infinity Edge Strapless (whew, that's a mouthful) that cost about $50. This bra is incredible. It's the only strapless I could find that gives support, gives amazing cleavage, and that dips this low. I love it!


Now if you have hard to find sizes it must be a pain in the butt. Your best bet is local specialty stores. Also, I ran a online search and there are a lot of places to order online. Another great place to check out is http://www.bravissimo.com/. They are overseas, but they do ship to the US. You have to order through the mail or via the internet, so you can't try the bra on. But they have so many sizes and they actually have some good strapless options. I'd recommend checking them out .



Now after all this, please don't tell your sales consultant at a retail store that you don't have anything to wear underneath that garment you want. There really is something to wear underneath everything. If you like something and face this issue, just visit an Intimate Apparel Dept at any department store. You'll find what you need.

Happy Sexy Fashions For All!

Monday, March 10, 2008

Mccall's 5002



Okay, I cheated and bought fabric, but I NEED it. I loved this Balenciaga look so much and when I saw the fabric, inspiration hit. it's not really a knock-off, more of an inspiration piece. the Balenciaga is so unique because of the interesting shaping of the dress. Ghesquiere must have really been channeling the line's originator, because unique fabric shaping and silhouettes was what really set Balenciaga apart. But I digress, sorry fashion makes me do that.











So here's what I'm making. The only change is that I'm making it a mini dress. Nothing to extreme. My big trouble was deciding the size. I'm either a 12 or 14 depending on the ease. Because this is very fitted, and after comparing finished measurements to my own, I'm going with 14. I'm not making a muslin, I'm going to use the lining as a test fit. I hate making muslins and I want instant gratification. This way I have a test garment, and the linings out the way before I really start. Yay!!!

Here's my fabric. It's a pretty, floral brocade. It's polyestor so not too high end. I allowed myself the treat because it was on sale -about $5/yrd. I'm being good and using lining I already have.
Well everything is purchased and I'm going to get sewing. A review will be coming soon.

Saturday, March 8, 2008

Spring Fashion 08 Review Part 1

Ok, I may be late. With the internet and how fast info spreads, they’re talking about spring fashion in January and resort in October. So by March, it almost seems like it’s old news and the fall shows are what’s what. But I’m a fashion traditionalist and March is all about Spring Fashion. Well folks, it’s March and here- it’s all about Spring Fashion. So here’s what I'm loving!





Whats Hot




Ethereal, Floral Prints:
I want some pretty, floaty blouse. I’m on the hunt for some good fabric to inspire me. Emmaonesock.com has posted some really pretty cotton/silk voile. Unfortunatly, my stash has grown to ridiculous proportions so I’m on fabric buying probation.


















Light Denim:

Lately, light denim has taken a backseat to dark denim, but there has been a resurgence of light denim this season. It looks great for spring. Especially with one of those pretty floral blouses.










High Waisted, Wide Leg:

Please let this mean I don’t have to see anyone’s crack or panties anymore. And if anyone has seen mine, I’m truly sorry. They were only making low-rise jeans; I couldn’t find any regular jeans that didn’t look like Mom jeans. Oh yes, and goodbye muffin top. I think this look is so flattering on just about everyone. And did I mention comfortable. I want a pair of light denim high waist trouser jeans. The only tricky thing with this look is the shoe. I think they look best with a heel or wedge.





















Brights:

I love Spring’s color palette. It’s so bright and pretty tone down with some sexy nuetrals. Dresses are gorgeous but I love the idea of working some bright pants with a bright top. It's tough, but you just have to own it.





















Shorts:

I used to think of shorts as too casual but you can definitely make them look more sophisticated depending on fabric and cut. I personally like the shorty shorts, but bermudas are cute, too.












Gladiator Sandals:

I really like this look in either flats, heels, or wedges.
These are so hot- and for only $98 from Nine West.





Photos from: Style.com (Spring 2008 collections from Gucci, Stella Mccartney, Versace, Doori, Chanel, DKNY, Calvin Klein, and Balenciaga), Nine West.com, Neiman Marcus.com, Net-a-Porter.com, Lucky Magazine
Mar 2008

Monday, March 3, 2008

Welcome

Hello Everyone,

This is the first time I've done something like this but I 'm very excited about it. I've recently began working from home and I've just discovered the amazing, vast world of the intertnet. And I want a part of this community. Working from home turns you a little more reclusive, but there is still a yearning for a sense of community. So can I be a part of your virtual community? Thanks in advance for the invite :).

Well, your probably wondering what this blog is about and here it goes. A little bit of everything. I have very diverse interests and I want to share a little of what I do. I think the primary focus right now is going to be a creative outlet for sewing projects. I love to sew and I've been so inspired my many sewing blogs. I want to share my projects, tips, and new discoveries with you.

Since this is about me, you will also find many other things here, too. I like to write (I'm out of practice but I hope this will brush my skills up), draw, read, knit, and crochet. My interests include fashion and fitness. So in addition to sewing, I will probably be sprinkling in a few of these things, too.

I won't make this too long, but I wanted to give you a brief introduction. I'm really excited and I plan to put a lot of myself into this. So welcome to Lauren's Virtual World! Enjoy.

Lauren
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